Let's play two…and keep going

By Staff
Mike Self, FCT Sports Editor
Today is the final day of the Franklin County baseball tournament, and so far it's been a smashing success.
I love the new format, which features two days of round-robin play in which each team in the county plays all three other teams. The teams are then seeded based on their records for today's single-elimination tournament.
In years past, the entire tournament consisted of three games total-two semifinals and the championship. That meant that two teams played two games and two teams played just one-not much of a tournament, when you think about it.
This year, however, each team will get to play at least four games. That's more like it.
Also, the weather at this year's event has been outstanding, which is hardly a given. I can remember two years ago at Phil Campbell, sitting in the Vina dugout during a game huddled up against a small heater to seek shelter from the freezing temperatures. (I was in the Vina dugout because Phil Campbell's dugout had no such source of warmth-head coach Micheal Beck said, and I quote, "Heaters make you soft." As I proved on that night, when it comes to being soft, just call me Charmin.)
This year no heaters have been necessary, as the temperatures have been close to 80 degrees with lots of sunshine and a nice warm breeze.
Also, I'd like to commend the job done by Vina cheerleading sponsor Deborah Townsend, head baseball coach Greg Hamilton, and all the other folks in Red Devil country who have helped run the tournament so flawlessly. They have made this week a very pleasant experience. (A special thanks to Mrs. Townsend for hooking up a certain hungry sportswriter with free food. Hey, seven hours is a long time to spend at a ball field.)

News

Ivey announces $500,000 grant to improve Red Bay water lines

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: Veteran Spotlight – Eric Reason

News

Community Spirit Bank welcomes new employee

News

Pilgrim’s sponsors Russellville Public Library summer reading program

Franklin County

First ‘Canada Phil’ visits Phil Campbell, adds sign to post

Features

National scholarship propels one Russellville student into Ivy League

Belgreen

Belgreen presents ‘Beauty and the Beast’

News

RCS Education Foundation holds annual banquet

Franklin County

Partnership Banquet highlights Franklin County accomplishments

News

50th Phil joins PC signpost

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: Veteran Spotlight – Jerry Fancher

News

RHS ranks 21/386 for Alabama high schools in U.S. News & World Report

News

RHS FLBA students compete at state

Galleries

RMS students perform ‘Aladdin’

Franklin County

PHOTOS: NWSCC Phil Campbell campus presents ‘Shrek the Musical’

News

Russellville Main Street welcomes new executive director

News

BTCPA announces final production of season

News

Wynette Grammy finds home at Red Bay Museum

Franklin County

Northwest Shoals receives $1.3M to enhance rural healthcare education

Galleries

PHOTOS: RHS Musical Theatre presents ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Franklin County

Northwest Regional Library announces audiobooks by mail program

Franklin County

Republican primary run-off election for county commission seats takes place April 16

News

Historic Roxy Theatre celebrates 75th Anniversary with upcoming entertainment

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: Veteran Spotlight – Mark Dunbar

x